Prayer for America – epilogue

The Peanut Gallery:

At the outset of 40 Days of Prayer for America, I acknowledged that I was a partisan Donald Trump supporter and, while trying to be reasonably fair, prayed accordingly.

I am obviously elated at the outcome of the election, and truly believe that God answered the prayers of his people. I believe, as does Franklin Graham, that God showed up and moved His people from the pews to the polls in unprecedented numbers – driven primarily by two issues: “the right to life” and the appointment of new Justices to the Supreme Court.
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Largest Evangelical Turnout in History Helps Donald Trump Defeat Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton by Micaiah Bilger | Nov 9, 2016 | Washington, DC  (full article click here)

Christianity Today reports four in five white evangelical Protestants voted for Trump on Tuesday “at their highest margin since 2004.”

Evangelicals strongly identify as pro-life, and the two top party candidates’ positions on abortion appears to have had a strong sway on evangelicals’ votes.

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But there was also another dynamic underlying the turnout in this election – Donald Trump gave “deplorable,” hard-working, ordinary Americans a voice. He became our champion after every member of the ruling class had abandoned us.

He was really our only choice from the beginning – every other candidate was bought and paid for by the ruling class and their backers. All they wanted was our vote, but they were tone deaf and indifferent to our real needs and concerns and would have reneged on their promises as soon as they were elected (“Fool me once, shame on me….”).
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(BTW: Romney never even bothered to meet with ordinary people when he visited South Carolina in 2012. He didn’t need us; he had the donor class backing him and flooded the state with TV ads.)

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Ordinary people, like me, could see it all happening, but we were powerless to do anything about it. We were the “unprotected.” No one cared what we thought and, if we dared to venture an opinion, we were ridiculed and demeaned. And then, along came Donald J Trump.

This blog is subtitled:My view of life from the cheap seats.” That is literally true, in that I live in a great, planned, community near the beach that is affordable to middle-class Americans. I really couldn’t live as cheaply anywhere else. The people in my neighborhood are mostly retired or second-home people preparing to retire.

We come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, mostly from the Northeast and Midwest, and have worked hard all our lives, raised our kids, played by the rules, and are now enjoying the fruit of our life-long labor. We generally hold Judeo-Christian values and fly American flags on holidays. We have been through a devastating wildfire that totally destroyed many of our homes, as well as damaging hurricanes. And we have taken care of each other – even saved lives. Our personal futures are relatively secure. Mostly, we worry about the futures of our grandchildren.

I mention this because our local Precinct voted 75% for Trump, our County voted 67% for Trump, and our State voted 55% for Trump. My point is – when people like me, viewing life from the cheap seats, saw our chance to have our say and make a difference, we took it. And I suspect that we represent millions of voters who turned out to vote for Donald Trump.

I believe that God did show up in this election and surprised everyone – except those of us viewing life from the cheap seats, and those of us who prayed for our country. God heard the cries of His people and graciously gave America another chance for Redemption. Will America accept God’s rule and reign and become “one nation under God” again? That remains to be seen.

Redemption is not automatic. We can’t vote it in, and Donald Trump can’t dispense it. It’s up to God’s people to show and tell their friends and neighbors what God has done for them in Jesus Christ. Now the real work of “witnessing” begins – giving a reason for the hope that is in us, and pointing to the election “miracle” that preserved the right to life and the U.S. Constitution grounded in Judeo-Christian values as proof that God answers prayer.

40 Days of Prayer for America is over but the work of prayer (and it is work) continues.

President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are going to need a lot of help and they will continue to need a lot of prayer. I pray that President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation. My prayer is that God will bless America again!

– Franklin Graham

Thank you for joining me in this prayer venture for America. May God bless you and your family.

+ In the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Franklin Graham on Facebook

Did God show up? In watching the news after the election, the secular media keep asking “How did this happen?” “What went wrong?” “How did we miss this?” Some are in shock. Political pundits are stunned. Many thought the Trump/Pence ticket didn’t have a chance. None of them understand the God-factor.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the United States have been praying. This year they came out to every state capitol to pray for this election and for the future of America. Prayer groups were started. Families prayed. Churches prayed. Then Christians went to the polls, and God showed up.

While the media scratches their heads and tries to understand how this happened, I believe that God’s hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country.

President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are going to need a lot of help and they will continue to need a lot of prayer. I pray that President-elect Trump will surround himself with godly men and women to help advise and counsel him as he leads the nation. My prayer is that God will bless America again!

Franklin Graham

Morning Prayer: Fri, 11 Nov – Psalm 119:137-144; Isaiah 28:11-13; Luke 4:5-8 ~ listen to understand

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 119:137-144 (NLT)

O Lord, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair. Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy. I am overwhelmed with indignation, for my enemies have disregarded your words.

Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much. I am insignificant and despised, but I don’t forget your commandments. Your justice is eternal, and your instructions are perfectly true.

As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live.

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Reading: Isaiah 28:11-13 (NLT)

So now God will have to speak to his people through foreign oppressors who speak a strange language!

God has told his people,

“Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.”

But they would not listen.

So the Lord will spell out his message for them again, one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there, so that they will stumble and fall. They will be injured, trapped, and captured.

Reading: Luke 4:5-8 (NLT)

Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”

Jesus replied,

“The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

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A call to bring understanding:St Cedd (620-664)

Listen,
+ hear the Word behind the word.

Listen:
+ sensing when the spirit’s stirred,
+ there is healing in the waters if God’s touch is what you seek.

We must wait, and know God’s moment, listen well before we speak.

And in waiting for God’s moment that in peacefulness decides,
+ listen.

God is not in a hurry.
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“None But Jesus” – Hillsong


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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Protecting Father, in the name of the Conquering Son, and in the name of the Liberating Spirit. Amen!